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Russia Central Military District set up first Su-34 squadron

The first Su-34 frontline bombers of Russia's Central Military District arrived at Shagol airfield in Chelyabinsk region, the district said on September 10, 2018.

Russia Central Military District set up first Su 34 squadron 001 One of the three Su-34 fighter jets inducted by the Russian Central Military District yesterday
(Credit: Russian Federation Ministry of Defence)

"The first Su-34 frontline bombers landed at Shagol airfield near Chelyabinsk. Three aircraft arrived to the permanent deployment base from Lipetsk training center where pilots of the district studied Su-34 technological base and piloting technique. They trained on Su-24M bombers," the district said.

The Central district has set up the first Su-34 squadron and has to receive 10 new bombers. The pilots and technicians have been retrained.

Su-34 frontline bomber (Fullback by NATO classification) is designed to strike at ground and surface targets with a broad range of weapons, including precision guided munitions. The aircraft can also fight air targets and operate in any time of the day and weather. Su-34 made the maiden flight in 1990 and was accepted into service in 2014. Maximum speed is 1900 km/h, ferry distance is 4000 km. The aircraft can refuel in the air. Su-34 has two turbojet engines AL-31F with 12500 kgf thrust at the boost regime each. The crew comprises two men.

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